The Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently awarded Neil Carriker, Burks’ Scouting Coordinator and Council Advancement Chairman, with the distinguished Silver Beaver Award. Introduced in 1931, the Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition a Boy Scout Council can bestow on an adult volunteer. The award recognizes volunteers for consistent, dedicated service to the area’s youth, both in and out of Scouting. Recipients are nominated by their peers; their application is presented by the local council and approved by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations to Neil! Burks is unique in that it has several Silver Beaver Award recipients. Others include Ed Bailey, Troop 166 Committee Chairman, Laura Wilson, Troop 166 Committee Member, Robert Wilson, Burks Charter Organization Representative, and Bob Crawford, Troop 166 Advancement Chairman.
The men at Burks learned about the Civic-Serving Youth Agencies associated with the General Commission on United Methodist Men during their March meeting. With a goal of working closer with the Scouting program, this introduction provides foundation information about these programs that will hopefully grow the Scouting, and other civic-serving youth ministries at Burks.
Burks celebrated Scouting Ministries Sunday on 2/9/14. Pastor Buck read Chris Alexander’s (Eagle Scout from Troop 166, 1980) words about his scouting experience at Burks:
“More than anything else, though, Ray Robinson was the heart of the troop and the core of my Scouting experience. Whatever mark Scouting made on my character – and it made a very big one – is his work. His boundless patience with our foolishness; his gentle good humor; his quiet confidence when we were tired, lost, hungry, hot, cold, blister-ridden, bug-eaten, sunburned, homesick, bad-mannered – or just downright bad; his unfailing self-sacrifice of time and energy – all of this and more made him one of the most influential people in my life. If ever there was a visible saint, it is him.”
Additionally, the Scouts read the scripture and said the Scout Oath and Law.
Troop 166 was awarded the Cracked Skilled Award at Skymont on Thursday. This is awarded on a daily basis for the cleanest Troop site. Daily winners join the Skymont tradition by painting a portion of the cast iron skillet with their Troop emblem. The skillet is awarded at the evening Flag Ceremony. The Troop that earns the cracked skillet are given the honor of raising and lowering the ﬂags the following day.